JAI SHREE RAM ....
Welcome Guest
Login /Register
Universe On Web
Top Story : UniverseOnWeb.com .....
 
 
solar system
 
Search Engine

 

The Stone Forests – China


Wonders of the World ::--Ancient 7 Wonder||Medieval 7 Wonder||Modern 7 Wonder||Natural 7 Wonder||Wonder of Underwater||Wonder of Industrial||Wonder didn't know Existed||Human with Diffrent||20 Strange Place's||


Top Twenty Strangest Places on Earth ::--1.Socotra Island – Yamen|| 2.Salar De Uyuni – Bolivia|| 3.Kliluk, the Spotted Lake – Canada|| 4.Dry Valleys – Antartica|| 5.Rio Tinto – Spain|| 6.Blood Pond Hot Spring – Japan|| 7.The Richat Structure – Mauritania|| 8.Vale De Lua – Brazil|| 9.The Stone Forests – China|| 10.Eisriesenwelt Ice Caves – Austria|| 11.Fly to Outer Space - Virgin|| 12.Ski Dubai - UAE|| 13.Village of Unmarried People, Barwaan Kala - India|| 14.Montreal's underground city - Canada|| 15.Pitcairn Islands|| 16.Cappadocia - Turkey|| 17.Pamukkale - Turkey|| 18.Hell's Door- Turkmenistan (Derweze)|| 19.The Great Blue Hole - Belize|| 20.Blood Falls - Antarctica||


The Stone Forests

Shilin forests which means stone forest in china is one of the most fascinating wonders which made of limestone curved by water through different geological ages to produce this majestic place .

The Stone Forest or Shilin is a notable set of karst formations located in Shilin Yi Autonomous County, Yunnan Province, People's Republic of China, approximately 120 kilometres (75 mi) from the provincial capital Kunming. The tall rocks seem to emanate from the ground in the manner of stalagmites, with many looking like petrified trees thereby creating the illusion of a forest made of stone. Since 2007, two parts of the site, the Naigu Stone Forest (乃古石林) and Suogeyi Village (所各邑村), have been UNESCO World Heritage Sites as part of the South China Karst.



Culture

According to legend, the forest is the birthplace of Ashima (阿诗玛), a beautiful girl of the Yi people. After falling in love she was forbidden to marry her chosen suitor and instead turned into a stone in the forest that still bears her name. Each year on the 24th day of the sixth lunar month, many Yi people celebrate the Torch Festival (火把节 Huǒbă Jie), which features folk dances and wrestling competitions.



The Yunnan Stone Forest is located in Kunming, which serves as the capital of the Yunnan province. This remarkable forest, also called Shilin, has been called the First Wonder of the World since the time of the Ming Dynasty.

The Stone Forest is in Lunan Yi Nationality Autonomous County, which is about 120 kilometers (75 miles) from Kunming and requires only a three-hour drive. It covers an area of 400 square kilometers (96,000 acres) and includes both large and small stone forests, as well as many other scenic spots. An old local saying says that 'If you have visited Kunming without seeing the Stone Forest, you have wasted your time.' Truly, the Stone Forest is one of the most important attractions of Yunnan.

Walking through the Stone Forest, visitors marvel at the natural stone masterpieces and are bewitched by the intricate formations. The magnificent, strange and steep landscape creates countless labyrinthine vistas, including: Major Stone Forest, Minor Stone Forest and Naigu Stone Forest, all of which feature stones in various formations. Animals, plants, and even human figures can be found here. Some are elegant, some are rugged, and each is lifelike with its own distinguishing characteristics.


stone forest

Features

Shilin National Scenic Area (昆明市石林风景区) covers an area of 350 square kilometres (140 sq mi) and is divided into seven scenic areas as follows:

  • Greater & Lesser Stone Forests (大、小石林) - also known as the Lizijing Stone Forest (李子菁石林)
  • Naigu Stone Forest (乃古石林)
  • Zhiyun Cave (芝云洞)
  • Lake Chang (长湖 literally Long Lake)
  • Lake Yue (月湖 literally Moon Lake)
  • Dadie Waterfall (大叠水)
  • Qifeng Cave (奇峰洞)

These formations, caused by the dissolution of limestone, are believed to be over 270 million years old  and are a tourist attraction for both overseas and domestic tourists, with bus tours bringing tourists from Kunming. There are also a number of hotels in the area.

 

Facebook
Twitter
Orkut
Youtube
 
 
WELCOME TO UNIVERSE ON WEB , PORTAL DEDICATED TO UNIVERSE...